The newest addition to the Rockets will not join the team this season.
Isaiah Hartenstein, the #43 overall pick in last night’s draft for the Rockets, will not sign with the team this season. This decision was made by Daryl Morey in a press conference late last night. This move is likely to save the cap space needed to sign him and go after a star. Every dollar counts when trying to sign a big name like Chris Paul or Blake Griffin. After being drafted last night, Hartenstein had some interesting things to say, as reported by Jonathan Feigen.
On his back problems:
“I’m perfectly fine. The whole season, had no issues. Never sat out a practice, never sat out a game.”
This quote is very encouraging for the Rockets. One of the only reasons he fell to the second round was due to his back problems. If he is healthy, then the Rockets got first round talent late in the draft.
On his versatility:
“Being mobile for my height, I can put the ball on the floor, defend different positions. Me being very versatile helps a lot.”
A versatile big man will be very helpful to the Rockets. The ability to defend multiple positions is a coveted skill that not many players have, especially those that are 7’1.
On winning mentality:
“I just want to be a winner. That’s just being a champion at the end of my career, that people know I’m a champion.”
This mentality is a perfect one to have. He will do whatever it takes to bring the Rockets a championship. Hopefully, that includes willingly staying overseas for at least another season.
For more quotes from Isaiah Hartenstein and others from last night, check out Jonathan Feigen’s Twitter. The Rockets have a bright future, and Hartenstein could be a big part of it. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest Rockets news!